Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 83.20
Liaison Mina Amundsen
Submission Date Nov. 5, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Colby College
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Sandy Beauregard
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability Office
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Has the institution held at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at students and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability? :
Yes

Has the institution held at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at employees and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

Name of the campaign:
Dorm Electricity Challenge

A brief description of the campaign, including how students and/or employees were engaged:

Dorms compete against each other on campus to see who can achieve the greatest electricity reduction over a three week period. Additionally, this past year, Colby competed against Bowdoin to see who could achieve the greatest percent reduction in electricity use.


A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign:

Colby saved 18,677 kWh, and beat Bowdoin, however both institutions saved over 10% from their baselines.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available:
Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
K-Cup Recycling

A brief description of the campaign, including how students and/or employees were engaged (2nd campaign):

The Purchasing Office has begun a drive to collect and recycle use K-cups from offices around campus, with 22 departments signing up. Participating offices put all of their used K-cups in a box which gets shipped back to the manufacturer for recycling.


A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):

33,768 K-cups are purchased by Colby Offices every year. This will be the first year the program is in place, so we do not know exactly how much will be saved, but X departments have signed up to participate.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available (2nd campaign):
A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns, including measured positive impacts:

There are several other sustainability-related outreach campaigns at Colby including monthly Green Tips and Earth Week, which both raise awareness of ways to incorporate sustainability into daily habits and bring attention to not only things we can do at Colby, but global issues. On World Food Day, EcoReps host a cooking challenge in which students create a group and make a dish using only ingredients from the local farmer’s market, promoting the importance of buying local food. The Green Office Certification Program, offered through the Office of Sustainability, targets staff and faculty to promote sustainable workplaces. Finally, the 5 Minute Shower Challenge promotes a reduction in water use and behavior change among students by encouraging students to reduce their shower time.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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